Albuquerque, New Mexico: Cottonwood Madonna - Virgin of the Tree

Image of the Virgin de Guadalupe carved into a cottonwood by a parishioner in 1970.

San Felipe de Neri,

2005 North Plaza St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
San Felipe de Neri, Romero St NW and N Plaza St. NW. Front right corner facing the church.
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Stump Mary.

Cottonwood Madonna - Virgin of the Tree

The stump has been moved to the front right corner facing the church.

[Robyn Schmitz, 07/31/2014]

Here I am.

Cottonwood Madonna - Virgin of the Tree

She is actually quite lovely.

[Lauren R., 07/22/2014]

Mary of the Tree.

Cottonwood Madonna - Virgin of the Tree

In 1970, a parishioner of the 300-year-old San Felipe de Neri, Albuquerque's oldest Catholic parish, carved the image of the Virgin de Guadalupe into a cottonwood behind the chuch. Some call it the "Virgin of the Tree." It is one of the hidden treasures of Old Town. Because the carving sometimes appears to change, people wondered if it was haunted. But it simply reflects the condition of the tree. Access is presently limited due to construction, but it still can be seen through the parking lot behind the church.

[Mulvaney, 01/17/2012]

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